Community Groups

Welcome Families & Caregivers

Community Groups provide information, resources, and support to families connected to the group.  They groups are based on location, age, relationship to the person with Down syndrome, culture, and/or native language.  The groups run independently of each other, and are supported by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.  Each of our Community Groups has a unique personality and strives to serve the families involved. 


African American Community Group

Serves: the Greater St. Louis area

Main Contact: Makini Anwisye – 314.961.2504 |

Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome (DADS)

Serves: the Greater St. Louis area

Main Contact: Tony Sorocko – 314.393.8548 

Down syndrome & Autism Dual Diagnosis Group

Serves: the Greater St. Louis area

Main Contact: Christy Klaus – 314.961.2504 |

Down Syndrome Community Group of Upstate Missouri

Serves: Kirksvilled, Brookfield and surrounding areas

Main Contact: Becky Pike – 660.651.5139 –

Heartland Community Group

Serves: Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois

Main Contact: Clair Watson – 573.334.5685 –

Kirkwood / Webster Moms Group

Serves: Kirkwood, Webster, and Surrounding areas

Main Contact: Stephanie Holmes – 314.495.8388

Let's Play! Community Group for Pre-K and K-5

Serves: Families in MO & IL with babies, toddlers, and preK-5 children

Main Contact: Laura Vrabel – 717.525.2144 |

North County & North City Community Group

Serves: North St. Louis County and North St. Louis City

Main Contact: This group has recently changed leadership. Stay tuned for more information.

St. Charles County Community Group

Serves: St. Charles, West County, and surrounding areas

Main Contact: Judy Dodge – 314.954.6448 |


Metro-East Down Syndrome Alliance (MESDA)

Serves: Bellville, O’Fallon, Shiloh, and surrounding areas

Main Contact: This group is looking for new leadership.  Please contact for more information. –

Southern Illinois Community Group

Serves: Carbondale, Creal Spring, and surrounding areas

Main Contact: Samantha Dudley –


These are groups that may have their own not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) status, are in our area, are close and valued partners of the DSAGSL, and who often have overlapping membership

Down Syndrome Guild of Central Missouri

Serves: Columbia, Jefferson City, Central Missouri

Main Contact: Jessica Fahey- Program Coordinator,  913.384.4848

Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks

Serves: Springfield, MO and surrounding areas

Main Contact:,  417.885.9905 or 888.655.5173 |

Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society

Serves: Springfield, IL and surrounding areas

Main Contact:, 217.415.8716

Central Illinois Down Syndrome Oranization

Serves: McLean County, Bloomington/Normal, and surrounding areas

Main Contact:, 309.452.3264 |

Riverbend Down Syndrome Association

Serves: Southwest Illinois

Meetings: Fourth Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00p at LeClaire Christian Church, 1914 Esic Drive, Edwardsville, IL 62025

Main Contact:

Down Country

Serves: Hannibal, Palmyra, Quincy, and surrounding areas 

Main Contact:, 217.617.3568

Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association

Serves: Peoria County, Tazewell County, and surrounding areas

Main Contact:, 309.712.4852 |


Down Syndrome Support Group - Blessing Hospital

Meetings:  last Monday of every month at 6:30pm at 11th Street Auditorium at Blessing Hospital

Main Contact: 217.223.8400 x4190